Staging or styling a home is often recommended by real estate agents as it helps them to market the property better to prospective purchasers. It involves calling professional companies who have stylists that specialise in staging a home for sale. So what is involved with staging or styling a home for sale and is it worth the time and effort to arrange it all?
People who overpay for properties
It seems inconceivable that people would pay more than they should or need to when acquiring a property. Yet in my line of work as a Buyers’ Agent, I see it all the time and have some interesting observations about the profile of people who have a tendency to overpay.
Top 10 Mistakes Property Buyers Make
Despite all the good intention, many buyers often make crucial and costly mistakes when buying a property.
2014 Off to a Roaring Start
There are few topics where property analysts and media commentators agree. However, there is no dispute that 2013 was a blistering year for property. In December, we were seeing signs that the market was cooling a little. Properties were still selling, but prices were not as outrageous and bidders at Auctions were not as bullish. […]
The Challenges of Buying and Selling Premium Properties
There is a common misperception amongst many property buyers that the higher the budget, the easier it is to find a property. What I have learnt from years of being a Buyers’ Agent is that no one’s budget is ever enough. Those with a budget of $800,000 wish they had $850,000. Likewise, those with $4 million seem […]
Twelve tips for bidding at property auctions
Each year starts off with typically none (or very few) properties being auctioned. This is because most real estate agents like to run four-week auction marketing campaigns in the lead-up to the auction itself. However, by mid to late February, there will be a flurry of auctions as sellers and agents try to get off the […]
Understanding Chinese property buyers and sellers
It’s not news to anyone that there has been a constant increase in the number of Chinese property buyers and sellers in Australia, particularly in metro city areas. In light of the Chinese lunar New Year, I find it timely to take a look at some of the taste and behaviour idiosyncrasies of this significant […]
Spring property market: Fears, Facts and Focus
With so many contradictions in the media about the state of the property market, it can be confusing to filter facts from fears. One day the market is close to collapse. Another day it is flat but showing some positive signs of recovery. New data and statistics are being released every week, and experts scramble […]
The Block Unravelled
Over 3 million viewers tuned in on Sunday night to watch the finale of The Block 2011, a renovation show pitting four couples against one another. Prior to the finale, Josh and Jenna seemed to be the favourites to win with 37 Cameron Street. And when they got to choose to be first off the […]
Buying Off the Plan
Many articles have been written about buying properties off the plan. Most are critical of this approach to buying and conclude that the numbers simply don’t add up. However, as with all investments, there are pros and cons which warrant a balanced analysis based on your own personal circumstances. Developers sell off the plan because […]